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avatar February 12, 2020 09:23PM
Photo of Seaspider with $104 Samsung J2, bargain basement smart phone.

I have been taking pictures for 50 years, and have had a lot of cameras.

My first camera was a used Leica IIIG from 1939. Purchased in 1969. The Leica III series was practically the beginning of 35mm photography.

My second camera was a Mamiya DTL 500, a single lens reflex that was like a Seiko watch .... $114 brand new and good value for the money, being an interchangeable lens 35 mm SLR. With meter but no auto exposure. It was about as generic as you could get.

Later cameras included a Mamiya C330 70mm twin lens, a Canon AE-1, one of the greatest cameras ever. Incredibly advanced auto metering and excellent optics.

A Nikon S2, the best camera I ever owned. It was like the Japanese answer to the Leica IIIG. An interchangeable lens rangefinder. Completely awesome quality. Weirdly, I actually traded the Leica IIIG to a camera dealer for the Nikon S2. The Nikon S2 was the better camera, still a viable 35 mm camera today, while the IIIG is more of a museum piece. I found out later that the S2 was often used in press reporting. The S2 sold for about $450 in 1958. Which was roughly five or six week's pay. I think Leica did a little catch up later with their M series.

Once when I was in Manhattan I purchased an Olympus EES-2, a 35 mm half frame camera. It had a photocell light meter and a two speed shutter, either 1/30 or 1/90 second, same as the Kodak Instamatic, except it was a half frame 35 mm. Had a lot of fun with that one. For one thing, there were 72 pictures on a roll, and for another, I could develop slide film at home. So yeah, lots of fun. $88 in 1973.

I also had a cheap $29 automatic strobe flash attached to the Olympus EES-2. The flash had a sensor that detected reflected light. You could shoot a picture from 5 feet to 16 feet and get a perfect flash picture every time. Recycle time was short, like 3 seconds, so it was basically the perfect party camera. I used to take so many pics that people were confused how I could take 60 or 70 pictures. Slides are high resolution by their nature, so using a half frame camera to shoot slides works out a lot better than using a half frame camera to make prints. The sensor varied the duration of the flash between 1/3000 of a second to 1/50,000 of a second.

At any rate, the reason for going over ancient history is to say that digital photography is super enjoyable. It is less expensive, and more convenient, and the quality of the image is not bad either.

My most frequently used camera at the moment is the Fujifilm X-A2. The reason I bought it was basically two reasons. One was that the camera is directly modeled to resemble a Leica IIIG. The second reason is that Fuji makes all the parts of the camera in-house, so they are serious about making cameras. At $500, it was worth a try, and I have gotten my money's worth out of it. I think Fuji built it kind of cheap so that the user would have some switch go bad in a couple years and throw it away, but I have been careful with it and it has lasted longer than Fuji expected.-kb.

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What are you wearing? On 2-12-2020 Smile Jpeg Attachments Dbyers 91 February 12, 2020 11:38AM
Nice Dan, Yesterday big orange... Jpeg Attachments James T. KirkĀ© 45 February 13, 2020 06:54AM
photos then and now KentBetts 52 February 12, 2020 09:23PM
Smile Awesome. I started with a Kodak Bulls-Eye that used medium-format film. BF Hammer 39 February 13, 2020 03:57PM
Awesome post Kent. As Bob said, a lot of memories have been rekindled. I too had an Olympus PenEE which got stolen on a backpacking trip through Europe in '79. The half frame feature was terrific. Cool Yema there btw Thumbs Up (n/t) RussMurray 37 February 13, 2020 08:53AM
Nice watch and shot. Thumbs Up That brings back a lot of memories .... Robmks 38 February 13, 2020 06:44AM
Thumbs Up (n/t) RussMurray 41 February 12, 2020 09:10PM
Very late to the party.... Jpeg Attachments RussMurray 50 February 12, 2020 07:19PM
Worth the wait. Thumbs Up (n/t) Mike D 38 February 12, 2020 07:57PM
Thanks Mike! (n/t) RussMurray 39 February 12, 2020 09:11PM
Bulova Accutron II Snorkel Jpeg Attachments BF Hammer 52 February 12, 2020 04:41PM
You deserve a break Chris....very cool Bulova sir. (n/t) RussMurray 38 February 12, 2020 09:12PM
Great re-issue. Thumbs Up (n/t) Mike D 39 February 12, 2020 07:56PM
Nice Bulova. Love that bracelet! (n/t) Zeb 41 February 12, 2020 05:18PM
Oceanus Jpeg Attachments richj 57 February 12, 2020 02:58PM
Some very sharp pieces there....pun intended Wink (n/t) RussMurray 40 February 12, 2020 09:14PM
Looking good. Thumbs Up (n/t) Mike D 38 February 12, 2020 07:57PM
Welcome to the WF-WF! back, Rich! That's a great looking watch, and it has everything! Thumbs Up (n/t) Zeb 39 February 12, 2020 05:21PM
Hemeling on humpday ........ Jpeg Attachments Robmks 52 February 12, 2020 02:06PM
I'm guessing that Hemel is a strap monster? Little wonder! (n/t) RussMurray 39 February 12, 2020 09:15PM
Nice combo and excellent picture. Thumbs Up (n/t) Mike D 37 February 12, 2020 07:58PM
Great strap for the Hemel. Soon I'll be able to wear mine again. (n/t) Zeb 41 February 12, 2020 05:45PM
Thumbs Up I just wore mine. #116 Orient Planet Orient. Jpeg Attachments Zeb 57 February 12, 2020 01:01PM
Yup, that works. Cool Orient Dan Thumbs Up (n/t) RussMurray 38 February 12, 2020 09:17PM
Thanks, Russ. (n/t) Zeb 44 February 13, 2020 10:53AM
Very cool Orient. Thumbs Up (n/t) Mike D 40 February 12, 2020 07:59PM
Thank you! (n/t) Zeb 40 February 13, 2020 10:52AM
Cool-- #116 Orient Planet Orient. richj 39 February 12, 2020 03:00PM
Thanks! Lume isn't bad. The four hands glow really well. Dial is dimmer, but decent.. (n/t) Zeb 40 February 12, 2020 05:46PM
Perfect for watching a Sir David Attenborugh show. Smile (n/t) Robmks 39 February 12, 2020 02:12PM
The most spectacular watch on the whole planet, lying in wait for its prey. LOL (n/t) Jpeg Attachments Zeb 44 February 12, 2020 05:51PM
Nice Vostok! Orient Neptune for me. (n/t) Jpeg Attachments jhargrave 54 February 12, 2020 12:56PM
Another fine Orient! I take it you're a below the bone kinda guy? (n/t) RussMurray 40 February 12, 2020 09:18PM
I think that's one of the best looking Orient divers - love the crown. Thumbs Up (n/t) Mike D 38 February 12, 2020 08:00PM
Nice big Orient diver, Jeff. Cool (n/t) Zeb 40 February 12, 2020 05:51PM
Nice white Russian! Thumbs Up Hadn't seen that one before. Wearing the O7 CP-1 today. Jpeg Attachments Mike D 52 February 12, 2020 11:55AM
How's the honeymoon going Mike? One might think your arm would get longer wearing that sucker. (n/t) RussMurray 39 February 12, 2020 09:20PM
I'm diggin' it - not very heavy to me at 145 grams. Laughing (n/t) Mike D 39 February 12, 2020 10:17PM
Thumbs Up Since it's ceramic, can you make tea in it? Wink (n/t) Zeb 42 February 12, 2020 05:52PM
Laughing It's big enough for that, so maybe. Laughing (n/t) Mike D 40 February 12, 2020 06:04PM
That is a beauty, Mike! (n/t) jhargrave 40 February 12, 2020 12:57PM
Thank you, Jeff! (n/t) Mike D 43 February 12, 2020 06:04PM

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